Ville Vallgren: Havis Amanda, 1908 © Kuva: HAM

Havis Amanda

Ville Vallgren

Make your way to meet Miss Amanda, perhaps the most beloved Helsinkian of all. When you continue running from the Tähtitorninmäki hill along Unionkatu and up towards the Market Square, you can also take in one of the most spectacular sights in the city: a street that goes on and on, all the way to the Kallio church in the horizon. Perhaps this tender Parisian beauty, nicknamed Manta, would feel more at home in a more rugged neighbourhood. But the Market Square is perhaps a more intimate setting than the original proposal at the Champs-Élysées.

Rising from the sea, the figure of a woman symbolises Helsinki and the birth of a city. Its home is among the waves. Bring along some binoculars on your morning run: a closer inspection of her features takes the breath away.